This quote comes from the book entitled, Lying, by Sam Harris and I find it very profound. How many times have you been attracted to doing something that was not in your best interests? Be honest with yourself. It has happened many times in my life and I often gave into the desire. Like the candy bar I didn't need or that second piece of pie. Or choosing to sleep a little longer instead of getting out of bed and either exercising or writing. And while these things I mention do not seem to have serious consequences, ultimately they will. Have you ever gotten angry over what a loved one said? We know we shouldn't get angry and yell at people but we do.
And the exciting thing is we can choose not to behave in ways that make us unhappy. We can choose not to do the thing that will cause us harm. Are you writing a book? Don't give in to your desire to procrastinate and miss your deadlines. Are you painting enough pictures to have your own gallery show? Don't give in to the desire to procrastinate. The choices we make help determine our happiness. Are you making the right choices? And don't lie to yourself.